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Louise Leger

  • Canada pursues commerce over culture


  • Toronto to mark 9/11anniversary


    The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 5-14), that was massively disrupted by last year's terrorist attacks, is to mark the anniversary of the tragic events by remaining dark.
  • Festival unveils more world and North American premieres


    The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 5-14) will feature the world premiere of director Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers, along with the North American premieres of writer/director Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale and Julie Taymor's Frida.
  • Toronto unveils world and North American premieres


    The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 5-14) will feature the world premiere of director Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers, along with the North American premieres of writer/director Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale and Julie Taymor's Frida.
  • Montreal world film festival reveals full competition line-up


    With a total of five films, France is especially well represented in the official competition of the 26th Montreal World Film Festival, which runs from Aug 22 to Sept 2.
  • Motown, Migration among Toronto's 32 documentary features


    A special presentation of Paul Justman's passionate account Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (pictured) and the highly cinematic Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) from Jacques Perrin are among the 32 documentary feature films announced for the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 5-14.
  • Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher to premiere at Toronto


  • Daredevil relocates in fear of Canadian strike


    20th Century Fox has pulled Daredevil, a multi-million dollar feature produced by Bernie Williams (The Score) and directed by Mark Steven Johnson (Simon Birch), out of Montreal for fear of a strike by 18,000 Canadian actors union (ACTRA) members.
  • Canada's Equinox reveals $59.1m slate


    Montreal-based Equinox Entertainment's new production and development slate will have a total budget of $59.1m (C$80m), including approximately $23.3m (C$36m) for a series of Italian/Canadian 'movies of the week' and feature film co-productions.
  • Tube and Talisman announce co-production deal


    Tube Studios of Montreal and Talisman, a U.K.-based entertainment company, announced Aug. 8 that they are about to finalise an international co-production agreement to co-develop, finance and produce a slate of film and television properties valued at an estimated US$200 million.
  • Canadian provinces offer film shooting incentives


    With confusion still surrounding the status of Australia's tax laws for film investors, Canada could profit from international productions seeking an alternative tax-friendly location - especially now that its provinces are offering special incentives.
  • Life As A House to premiere at Toronto Festival


    Irwin Winkler's Life as a House will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival it was announced August 7. One of the festival's gala presentations, the film stars Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas.
  • Quebec's Falardeau takes director award


    Quebec director Philippe Falardeau has won this year's Claude Jutra Award for The Left Half Of The Fridge (La Motie Gauche Du Frigo), a mockumentary that uses humour to tackle the issue of unemployment.
  • Canada boosts funding for domestic films


    The Canadian government has unveiled its new Feature Film Policy under which it will double its investment in feature films to $67m (C$100m) a year.
  • Canada's Corus to buy Nelvana for $374m


    Corus Entertainment, one of Canada's leading media concerns, is to buy Canadian children's entertainment house Nelvana for $374m, the two companies announced on Monday.
  • Nelvana takeover, merger on cards


    Animation house Nelvana hasconfirmed it is in talks "to investigate the possibility of a businesscombination".
  • Cinar founders to stay on as directors


    Cinar Corp CEO Barrie Usher has said that the company will keep founders Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg on the board of directors, despite having asked them to step down on August 17.
  • Cinar founders Charest and Weinberg fight back


    Cinar co-founders Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg have rejected the company's decision to fire them from their managerial posts and also its request that they relinquish their seats on the board of directors.
  • Cinar fires founders Charest and Weinberg


    Cinar Corp has fired its co-founders Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg as employees of the company and asked them to step down as directors.
  • Canada's Nelvana eyes Cinar acquisition


    Canadian animation company Nelvana is considering buying the assets of troubled family entertainment producer Cinar Corp, estimated to be worth anywhere between $235m and $765m.
  • Production report: Canadian films jostle for space


    Overbooked sound stages and streets blocked with production vehicles are a common sight during the summer in Canada, as US productions take advantage of the favourable exchange rate. Films currently supplying overtime for Canadian crews include Warner Bros' See Spot Run, starring David Arquette, the Warner Bros/Universal Pictures' joint venture Champs, starring Sylvester Stallone, and Mandalay Pictures' The Score, starring Robert De Niro.
  • Alliance Atlantis takes control of Great North


    Alliance Atlantis Communications (AAC) has agreed to acquire the 61% of Edmonton-based factual programming producer, Great North Communications, it does not already own. The deal, expected to close at the end of July, follows AAC's previously announced plans for growth in the factual and documentary genres.
  • New Waterford Girl beats MI:2 on screen average


    For one of the first times in Canadian box office history, a small indigenous film beat out the Hollywood heavyweights on a per screen average basis last weekend (June 2-4).
  • Toronto to premiere Egoyan, Cronenberg shorts


    As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will feature the premieres of 10 short films by leading Canadian directors including Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg and Jeremy Podeswa.
  • Production report: Canada tightens public funding


    Film production is starting to buzz for some Canadian producers, with the impending warm weather. But for those hoping to make films in 2001 it is becoming increasingly complicated to secure public financing. Since 1999 federal funder Telefilm Canada's regulations have required producers to supply projected audience ratings and rate recoupment figures when applying for funding. Meanwhile, the Canadian Television Fund - which TV and film producers have come to rely on - was oversubscribed ...
  • Cinar reaches settlement with Bahamas companies


    Cinar Corp has halted its suit against three Bahamas companies after a deal was reached allowing the Canadian animation company to examine the assets of Globe-X Canadiana.
  • Cinar sues Bahamas companies for missing funds


    Troubled Canadian producer-distributor Cinar Corp has filed lawsuits against several Bahamas-based investment companies in an attempt to recoup $76m in missing funds.
  • Telefilm Canada suspends Cinar's federal funding


    Cinar''s current production activities could be at risk as financing from federal funding body Telefilm Canada has been suspended pending the results of investigations into the company''s activities. Canadian Television has also cut off its funding to Cinar.
  • Cinar woes continue with fresh revelations


    The beleaguered Cinar Corp issued a warning late Friday that its financial statements for fiscal 1997, 1998 and the three reported quarters of 1999 "should not be relied upon".
  • Post Mortem scoops top Quebec awards


  • Cinar co-founders quit company over funds scandal


    The once squeaky-clean image of family programming provider Cinar Corp has been further tarnished as husband-and-wife co-founders Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg resigned yesterday following revelations that about $122m of its funds were invested without the knowledge or authorisation of its board of directors.
  • Cinar shares slide following review admissions


    Montreal-based Cinar Corp, a producer of family films and children's television, watched its shares plummet this week after the company admitted that an internal review, prompted by tax fraud charges, could adversely affect its financial results.
  • Canada's Lux, Jet team up for production venture


    Montreal's Lux Films has joined forces with commercials house Jet Films to form a new feature film company Go Films.
  • Quebec gears up for co-production conference


    Quebec-based international financing and co-production conference CONTACT has selected 20 feature film projects for this year's event (March 3-6).
  • Canada's Behaviour sells studio to Tube


    Montreal-based producer-distributor Behaviour Communications is selling its new media subsidiary, which operates its Digital Studio, to Tube Studios for about $586,000 (C$850,000).
  • Canada to get uncut American Psycho


    Canadian audiences will be able to see the original 'NC-17' version of American Psycho when Vancouver-based distributor Lions Gate Films releases it across the country on April 14.
  • Genies grant Sunshine box office boost


    Genie awards publicity translated into a box office boom for Istvan Szabo's Sunshine last weekend, as the film notched up its strongest sales to date since its release in Canada on December 16.
  • Canadian exports break C$100m barrier


    Canadian film and video exports surpassed the C$100 million mark for the first time in 1997-1998, according to a report from Statistics Canada.